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Central Kentucky Job Club Releases Spring 2023 Schedule 

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services and UK Human Resources STEPS Temporary Employment announce the spring 2023 Central Kentucky Job Club schedule. The free group is open to the public and is available both in-person and online. 

Job Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 9 – 10:15 a.m. (ET), at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, located at 1140 Harry Sykes Way in Lexington. Convenient, free parking is available. Business attire is encouraged. All events are offered as an online option as well. 

The purpose of Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn. Job Club is geared toward motivated professionals and those currently out of work, underemployed or seeking a career transition. In addition, recruiters and employers are always welcome and may have a one-minute spotlight to share active job leads with Job Club attendees. 

For more information, call the UK Alumni Association at 859-257-8905, the Fayette Cooperative Extension Office at 859-257-5582 or UK Human Resources STEPS Temporary Employment at 859-257-9555, option 2. Additional information including recordings from previous Job Club meetings and testimonials from former Job Club participants can be viewed at

Spring 2023 Job Club Schedule:  

January 10: Job Search Strategies 

Presented by Caroline Francis, Ed.S., CCC, BCC, CCSP, CPRC, Director of Alumni Career Services, UK  

The new year is a great time to step up your job search. Join our nationally certified career counselors as they share best practices for the job search. Bring your job search-related questions for this session. 


January 24: Interviewing 101 

Presented by Caroline Snowden, Business Development Associate, VACO & Connor Owen, Recruiter, VACO 

From virtual interviews to onsite interviews, join us to gain all the tools you need to impress that hiring manager in an ever-changing post-Covid hiring landscape. 


February 14: Beat the Bots! Get Your Resume Past the Applicant Tracking System 

Presented by Shelly Trent, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CAE, JCTC, JCDC, CDF, Career Coach, Your Career Collaborator, LLC 

Most mid-size and larger organizations use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to pre-screen resumes. If your resume does not match 85% of the criteria from the job posting, your resume may never be seen by human eyes. This program will share tips and tricks to “get around” the ATS to land your resume in the “yes” pile and will also provide general resume advice.  


February 28: Current Economic and Workforce Trends 

Presented by Ryan Kaffenberger, Senior Associate, Finance and Workforce Development, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education 

This presentation will examine the status and trends in the national and state economy and implications on the current and future workforce as well as the pipelines that produce skilled labor. 


March 14: Kentucky Community Resources for Active Job Seekers 

Panelists include representatives from UK Alumni Career Services, Lexington Public Library, KY Career Center, Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky 

This session will feature a panel of job search support services from across the state of Kentucky. Use this opportunity to learn about resources that may support your unique job search needs. 


March 28: Job Applications 101 

Presented by Nicole Waite, HR Employment Specialist, UK  

Many organizations still require candidates to complete an application in addition to a resume. Attend this session for best practices on completing a thorough application to help you move along in the applicant tracking system. 


April 11: Making Expungements Work for your Communities 

Presented by Dennis Ritchie, J.D., Sr. Director of Reentry and Young Adult Services, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc. 

This session will focus on the shortage of labor in various industries and how expungements help increase the number of available employees (the why). What is an expungement, how to get an expungement, and how Goodwill facilitates the process will be addressed along with expungement reform. 


April 25: Job Search Tips & Strategies from a Panel of Regional Recruiters and HR Professionals 

This popular session will feature a panel of local HR professionals and recruiters. Acquire job search tips and strategies directly from those involved in the recruiting and hiring process. Use this opportunity to get your job search, application, and hiring inquiries answered. Come prepared with questions for the panel. 


May 9: Preparing for Your Next Interview 

Presented by Audrey Jones, MSHRMD, SHRM-CP, HR Analyst, Lexington Fayette County Government 

This course is designed to provide employees with information and techniques to help them best present themselves as a candidate during the interview process. This course will provide an overview of interviewing fundamentals and tips on how to succeed in your next interview by illustrating several of the most common types of interview questions and insights into appropriate responses. It will also share ideas and suggestions to help candidates prepare for all aspects of an interview, from research to post-interview follow-up actions. 


May 23: LinkedIn or LinkedOUT: How to Build a Knockout Profile & Network Yourself into Your Dream Job 

Presented by Amanda Schagane, MSEd, CCC, CCSCC, CCTC, Associate Director, Alumni Career Services, UK 

Are you tapping into your full networking potential on LinkedIn? This session will address how to build a robust profile and strategies for using LinkedIn to network yourself into new job leads. 


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